Woman to head Yangon’s new ministry

MP Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi has been appointed head of the new Yangon Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources, which was formed in Yangon last week.

The Yangon Region Hluttaw (assembly) announced the appointment on Tuesday.

The regional assembly approved the appointment of Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi, who was nominated by Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein, without any objections.

“The region has many requirements and we expect tasks will be carried out more efficiently as we have an extra minister,” Regional Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Daw Naw Pann Thinzar Myo told the media on Tuesday.

She also said that the formation of the new ministry at the regional level was proposed by the Myanmar government because it is needed to serve the needs of the public.

During her recent trips to different parts of the country, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received feedback and suggestions from the public that the government needs to do more to develop the country’s human resources.

Daw Naw Pann Thinzar Myo added that Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi takes up her duties immediately and has also been provided with facilities for her responsibilities.

Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi is also the secretary of the Hluttaw Committee for Parliamentary Rights and Government Guarantees.

She is a member of the National League for Democracy who was elected in the 2015 general election as MP for Mayangone township constituency 2.

The minister will have to handle the affairs of immigration and developing human resources, government officials said.

“The new ministry will handle issues pertaining to citizens’ affairs, labour, and human resources,” Mingalar Taungnyunt township MP U Hla Htay said.

He added that Yangon’s regional minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, Labour, Immigration, and Population was effectively handling two portfolios, and the setting up of the new ministry is timely.

“The tasks under the current organisational structure could be carried out better if separate ministries were formed,” said U Hla Htay.

Last month, the Mandalay regional government announced that it would also set up such a ministry, while Rakhine State’s regional assembly voted against the proposal.

Before the setting up of the new ministry, Yangon’s regional government had eight ministries: Security and Border Affairs; Planning and Finance; Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, and Energy; Electricity, Industry, and Transportation; Municipal Affairs; Social Welfare; Karen Ethnic Affairs; and Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, Labour, Immigration and Population.

Regional Minister U Zaw Aye Maung had to handle the duties of the Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry, which was effectively two portfolios in one.

Source: Myanmar Times

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